Saturday, September 11, 2004

L.A. Fair

Laticia and I braved the heat today to visit the L.A. County Fair. It was at least 300 degrees out there. We were literally melting. But it was so much fun.

I have such great memories of the fair. In Ohio we got days off school to attend. I had friends in 4-H and it was a big deal when someone got a ribbon. It was a little odd to see award-winning cakes in Los Angeles. The two things just don't seem to go together. In LA you're judged by your car, breast size and title not the quality of your jam, pig or ability to quilt. County fairs seem so middle America. It also reminds me of the 1950s when a woman's worth was determined by her baking, sewing and growing abilities.

However, I have to say my favorite thing were the rides. My mom never let us ride carnival rides. She said they were assembled and disassembled too much to be safe. But today I broke all the rules. Laticia and I went old school and rode the scrambler, gravitron and ferris wheel. It was great. You know you love the scrambler.

To beat the heat we wandered around the air-conditioned buildings that have all the great demonstrations, fudge and gadgets. Where else can you see ginsu knives, get your tennis shoes clean with a miracle cleaner that also gets rid of rust spots on your tub, AND register to vote. I'm telling you its a cornucopia of delights, a treat around every corner. We got sucked into everything. I was tempted to buy the miracle mop, but I refrained.

I haven't even gotten to the food yet. Fair food rocks. I love fries with vinegar and BBQ pork. Those are my favorites. There is so much to choose from - pretzels, cotton candy, hot dogs, burritos ... tasty. It was too hot to eat though. So instead we paid a ton for water. That is at least very LA.

My love affair with the fair continues. I might have to go back again.

Thursday, September 2, 2004

Ice Ice Baby

This is why I love L.A. Where else can you see Vanilla Ice for FREE and get your chance for on-camera time?

I'm posting an email I got from the friend of a friend about the concert. I couldn't keep this announcement to myself, I wanted to make sure you had the chance to add it to your social calendar.

I wonder if he's still rapping ... stop collaborate and listen, ice is back with a brand new invention .... scary that I still remember that song. Here's the email invite, tell all your friends:

hello, all of my l.a. friends! As some of you know, i am working on this show called REMAKING for vh1, where we challenge rock stars who are, shall we say...past their a total REMAKING. we are lucky enough to have vanilla ice performing in a FREE concert at the great knitting factory on wednesday, september 8th. the doors open at 8pm and the show is at 9pm. again, people...this show is FREE! and its vanilla ice! so if you were a fan, are a fan, or are planning on becoming a vanilla ice fan...please come! we are looking for a crowd ofpeople who will bob their heads and have a great time. you may even get a chance to be on TV!!! pass this e-mail along if you know of any ice fans. thanks.

If you're in the area I highly recommend checking it out.

Wednesday, September 1, 2004

About This Blog

I have been a southern california resident for twelve years. I am a transplant enamored with all that there is to offer in this amazingly beautiful part of the country.

In one day, if I were so ambitious, I could visit the desert, ocean and mountains. It is a virtual Camelot. Ok, so maybe I am waxing a little too poetically, but I am constantly amazing at how many things there are to do within a few hours driving distance.

If you're looking for a blog that is hitting all the hottest night clubs, doing extreme sports, or hiking up a mountain then this is not the place for you.

Instead I frequent museums, california missions, concerts, the theatre, architectural gems, historical sites, quaint cities, beach communities and other fun local spots that make living here so great.

Stay tuned, you never know what I'll find.

If you have a suggestion on some place I should visit, email me and let me know.